Suzanne Pleshette

Actress, Home furnishings designer
Known for her quick-wit and air of urban sophistication, actress Suzanne Pleshette enjoyed more than four decades in entertainment, appearing in over 30 films, starring in four sitcoms, and earning four Emmy ... Read more »
Born: 01/31/1937 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (72)

TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Mogul 2005 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Good Morning, Miami 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

NBC's Funniest Out-Takes #2 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Spirited Away 2002 (Movie)

of Yubaba/Zeniba (English language) (Voice)

Bob Newhart: The Last Sane Man 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's 1998 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Steve McQueen: King of Cool 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Where Are They Now? 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Lion King II: Simba's Pride 1997 (Movie)

of Zira (Voice)

The Boys Are Back 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Profiles 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bob Newhart 20th 19th Anniversary Special 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Leona Helmsley: The Queen of Mean 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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Relatively Speaking 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Memories Then & Now 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Bridges to Cross 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

For Love or Money 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

One Cooks, the Other Doesn't 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

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Suzanne Pleshette Is Maggie Briggs 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

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Fantasies 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

The Star Maker 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

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Flesh and Blood 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Oh, God! Book II 1980 (Movie)

Paula (Actor)

Hot Stuff 1979 (Movie)

Louise Webster (Actor)

The Bob Newhart Show 1972 - 1978 (TV Show)

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Law and Order 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

The Shaggy D.A. 1976 (Movie)

Betty Daniels (Actor)

Mitzi: A Tribute to the American Housewife 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

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The F.B.I. 1965 - 1974 (TV Show)

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In Broad Daylight 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

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River of Gold 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

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Support Your Local Gunfighter 1971 (Movie)

Patience Barton (Actor)

Along Came a Spider 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

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Hunters Are For Killing 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

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Suppose They Gave a War and Nobody Came? 1970 (Movie)

Ramona (Actor)

If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium 1969 (Movie)

Samantha Perkins (Actor)

Flesh and Blood 1967 - 1968 (TV Show)

Actor

How to Make It 1968 (Movie)

Diane Reed (Actor)

Mister Buddwing 1966 (Movie)

Fiddle Corwin (Actor)

The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin 1966 (Movie)

Arabella Flagg (Actor)

Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1955 - 1965 (TV Show)

Actor

Nevada Smith 1965 (Movie)

Pilar (Actor)

The Ugly Dachsund 1965 (Movie)

Fran Garrison (Actor)

A Rage to Live 1964 (Movie)

Grace Caldwell (Actor)

Fate Is the Hunter 1964 (Movie)

Martha Webster (Actor)

40 Pounds of Trouble 1963 (Movie)

Chris Lockwood (Actor)

A Distant Trumpet 1963 (Movie)

Kitty (Actor)

The Birds 1963 (Movie)

Annie Hayworth (Actor)

The Dick Powell Show 1961 - 1963 (TV Show)

Actor

Youngblood Hawke 1963 (Movie)

Jeanne Greene (Actor)

The General Electric Theater 1952 - 1962 (TV Show)

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Rome Adventure 1961 (Movie)

Prudence Bell (Actor)

The Geisha Boy 1958 (Movie)

Private Betty Pearson (Actor)

A Stranger Waits (TV Show)

Actor

A Twist of the Knife (TV Show)

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Alone in the Neon Jungle (TV Show)

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Battling For Baby (TV Show)

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Blackbeard's Ghost (Movie)

Jo Anne (Actor)

Dixie: Changing Habits (TV Show)

Actor

Help Wanted: Male (TV Show)

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If Things Were Different (TV Show)

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Kojak: The Belarus File (TV Show)

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Nightingales (TV Show)

Actor

River of Gold (Movie)

(Actor)

The Legend of Valentino (TV Show)

Actor

The Power (Movie)

Margery Lansing (Actor)

Wings of Fire (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Known for her quick-wit and air of urban sophistication, actress Suzanne Pleshette enjoyed more than four decades in entertainment, appearing in over 30 films, starring in four sitcoms, and earning four Emmy nominations. She was best known for her portrayal of the wisecracking modern wife opposite straight man Bob Newhart in the acclaimed sitcom "The Bob Newhart Show" (CBS, 1972-78), but had earned prior accolades as a feisty and glamorous ingénue on Broadway. An early career of madcap comedies, forgettable features, and dozens of TV spots generally failed to showcase Pleshette's studied dramatic chops or her racy, off-the cuff-humor, but she was at her best in the improvisational, bantering atmosphere of the many talk and game shows of the 1960s into the 1970s. Sadly, it was an era that had not yet figured out what to do with women who were not interested in careers as pinups or suburban TV moms, proving Pleshette was ahead of her time.

Relationships

Troy Donahue Actor

Husband
Co-starred in "Rome Adventure" (1962)

Thomas Gallagher

Husband
Married March 16, 1968 until his death from lung cancer Jan. 21, 2000

John Pleshette Actor

Cousin
Played Richard Avery on the CBS series, "Knots Landing"

Eugene Pleshette

Father
Vice president and general manager of Paramount Theater in New York City helped turn the Brooklyn Paramount into a showcase for rock'n'roll shows in the 1950s later joined ABC-TV as vice president and developed a new marketing format for TV shows became vice president of Don Reid Productions moved to California in 1974 to become managing director of the Shubert Theater in Century City died in September 1991 in his mid-70s

Geraldine Pleshette

Mother
Performed under stage name Geraldine Rivers

Tom Poston Actor

Husband
Married May 11, 2001 until his death from respiratory failure April 2007

EDUCATION

Syracuse University

Syracuse , New York

The Neigborhood Playhouse

New York , New York

The School of Performing Arts

New York , New York

Milestones

2004

Guest-starred in several episodes of "Will and Grace" (NBC) as Karen Walker's (Megan Mullally) estranged mother

2003

Appeared in the ABC sitcom "8 Simple Rules" after John Ritter's death as the mother of Katey Sagal's character

1997

Hosted the CBS special "Where Are They Now?"

1994

Starred in the role of Jackie Hansen opposite Hal Linden on the short-lived CBS sitcom, "The Boys Are Back"

1990

Reprised role of Emily Hartley on the last episode of Bob Newhart's later sitcom, "Newhart"; scene written and played to suggest that the entire series had been a dream of Newhart's earlier character, Dr. Robert Hartley

1990

Starred on TV as "Leona Helmsley: The Queen of Mean"; received fourth Emmy nomination

1989

Played Chris Broderick on the short-lived NBC medical drama, "Nightingales"

1986

Played reporter Tracy Bridges on the short-lived CBS drama series, "Bridges to Cross"

1984

Played (also co-created) newspaperwoman Maggie Briggs on the short-lived CBS sitcom, "Suzanne Pleshette is Maggie Briggs"; directed by "Newhart" co-star Peter Bonerz

1982

Returned to Broadway in "Special Occasions"; closed after one performance

1980

Last feature film credit to date, "Oh God, Book II"

1979

Acted in first TV miniseries, "Flesh and Blood" (CBS)

1976

Returned to feature films to play the female lead in "The Shaggy D.A."; her final Disney feature to date

1972

Played Emily Hartley on the long-running CBS sitcom, "The Bob Newhart Show"; received two Emmy nominations for the role

1970

Last feature film for five years, "Support Your Local Gunfighter" co-starring James Garner

1967

First TV-movie, "Wings of Fire" (NBC)

1966

Acted in the first of four features produced by Disney Studios, "The Ugly Dachsund"

1963

Was directed by Alfred Hitchcock in "The Birds"

1963

First received top billing in a feature in the drama, "Wall of Noise"

1963

Played college student Lori Moore on the ABC drama series, "Channing"

1962

Returned to features after four years to play her first leading roles in "Rome Adventure" and "40 Pounds of Trouble"

1961

Garnered first Emmy nomination for playing a drug addicted nurse on an episode of "Dr. Kildare" (NBC)

1959

Replaced Anne Bancroft as Annie Sullivan in "The Miracle Worker" on Broadway

1958

Made film debut in the Jerry Lewis comedy, "The Geisha Boy"

1957

Made Broadway debut in "Compulsion"

Made stage debut in "Truckline Cafe"

Earliest TV appearances, "The General Electric Theater" and "Alfred Hitchcock Presents"

Worked for a time as a designer of bed linens and home furnishings

Bonus Trivia

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Pleshette was the first and only female non-singing, non-comic guest host of NBC's "The Tonight Show".

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On Aug. 11, 2006, Pleshette's agent announced that she was being treated for lung cancer at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center; Pleshette received chemotherapy as an outpatient

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